Interior of an protestant church in Štítnik
Author: Jozef Kopor

Gothic Route in Gemer Region

Transfer back to the times of the broken arch and frescoes. The first thematic-cultural tourist route in Slovakia will take you through the rarest cultural and historical monuments of the Gemer area. It also extends into the Spiš region, part of which forms a circuit with a total length of 276 km. In addition to castle complexes and mansions, you can also get to know the ancient village churches along the route. To date, 23 churches with medieval murals by Italian frescoers and their trained masters have been registered in the Gemer-Malohont area, which has long placed the area in the context of advanced Central European culture.


On Gemer, the Gothic Way also includes churches in Ochtiná, Koceľovce, the majestic Protestant Church in Štítnik, as well as picturesque churches in Kyjatice, Kraskovo, Rákoš, a Roman Catholic church with the altar of Master Paul of Levoča in Chyžné, a unique Rotunda in Šivetice and many others. This is only a fraction of the Gothic wealth of the undiscovered Gemer. Come discover him!

Protestant Church in Rimavská Baňa

Protestant Church in Rimavská Baňa

The protestant Church is situated in a fortified area on a hill above the village. In the presbytery you can find the scenes of the Last Judgment and relatively well-preserved frescoes of St. Barbara and St. George fighting the dragon. The paintings were uncovered only in the 1950s.

Rimavská Baňa
Protestant Church in Rimavské Brezovo

Protestant Church in Rimavské Brezovo

On the walls of the Brezovo church interior you will find many atypical scenes, such as the Blessing Angel and St. Bartholomew carrying his skin on his shoulder. The frescoes come from the 14th century from the Master of the Presbytery of Ochtiná. The research brought new discoveries of wall paintings in 2014.

Rimavské Brezovo
Protestant Church in Kameňany

Protestant Church in Kameňany

The plastic depiction of the halo of the apostles on the paintings of Kameňany Church is the most elaborate of the known medieval frescoes in Slovakia.

Kameňany
Evangelical church in Ochtiná

Evangelical church in Ochtiná

The frescoes of the Ochtiná Church depict unconventional motifs such as the Apocalyptic animal, or the depiction of Holy Trinity in the form of a head with three faces. Their author was given the attribute of the Master of the Ochtiná Presbytery.

Ochtiná
Protestant Church in Koceľovce

Protestant Church in Koceľovce

The Koceľovce paintings represent the largest continuous painted area of all of the churches in Gemer. The most remarkable frescoes are the scene of the Crucifixion and the Burial, where the painter masterfully portrayed the deep sadness and pain of the three Marys from the death of Jesus.

Koceľovce
The Church of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary in Chyžné

The Church of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary in Chyžné

One of the most comprehensive examples of Gothic art, combining architecture of the 13th century with wall paintings of the 14th century and carved wing altarpiece from the workshop of Master Paul from Levoča from the beginning of the 16th century.

Chyžné
Reformed Church in Plešivec

Reformed Church in Plešivec

The church is an important testament to the advanced Gothic architecture of Gemer in the 14th century. The frescoes from this period were created by at least two Italian masters, who were probably invited to Plešivec by Juraj Bebek. The interior also features a Gothic tombstone of Ladislav Bebek made from pink marble.

Plešivec
Church in Rákoš

Church in Rákoš

The church hides rare paintings not only in the interior but also on the exterior walls. The painting of the Holy Trinity in the form of a sitting God with three faces and four eyes deserves attention.

Rákoš
The Rotunda of Šivetice

The Rotunda of Šivetice

With an inner diameter of 11 meters, Rotunda of Saint Margaret of Antioch is the largest Romanesque rotunda of its kind in Slovakia and throughout Central Europe. Like many Gothic buildings in Gemer, the interior of the rotunda is decorated with rare frescoes.

Šivetice
The Gotic Evangelical Lutheran Church in Štítnik

The Gotic Evangelical Lutheran Church in Štítnik

The Gothic Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Štítnik is a pearl among Gemer churches. The interior of the church hides great artistic richness. About 200 m² of frescoes represents the largest preserved example of medieval mural painting in Slovakia.

Štítnik